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The Department of History and Government currently offers two courses in Oral History:  "Oral History Methods" and "Oral History Applied."

"Oral History Methods"

The "Oral History Methods" class is offered at the undergraduate and graduate level every two years.  The class emphasizes the theories, methods, and debates surrounding this oldest historical tool, and students will learn the practical aspects of it by completing and transcribing two oral history interviews.  After completing the course, students will be familar with the theory, methodology, and practical aspects of oral history and develop an appreciation for the tools available to historians and other scholars beyond static sources.  Students will also have a better understanding of both individual and collective memory and how these influence all historical sources, and will also leave the class with the tools necessary to begin an oral history project in their own classrooms, schools, and communities.

Because students are creating a historical document that future scholars will use in their research, the class is expected to take the work very seriously.  Over the semester, students will conduct two oral history interviews that meet the guidelines established by the Pioneers Oral History Project.  The class is very hands-on, and students will be graded primarily on their skills as an oral historian. 

"Oral History Methods" Course Syllabus - Spring 2010 [pdf]

"Oral History Applied"

The "Oral History Applied" course is typically offered as an independent study after students have completed the "Oral History Methods" class.  In "Oral History Applied," students take on specialized projects that contribute to the Pioneers Oral History Project and the university, and they are encouraged to select projects that also enhance their own research, interests, and skills.  Previous projects have included researching and completing oral histories on the history of the Department of History and Government, developing pre-interview questionnaires, and editing and transcription.  Students are also expected to work a minimum of five hours in the project's office to have a better understanding of the administrative tasks necessary to maintain the program.  Instructor approval is required before enrolling in the course.

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Alumni: We Want to Hear Your Stories!


If you have attended TWU or TSCW, we'd like to collect your contact information for future oral history interview opportunities! Please email the project director, Kate Landdeck, at klanddeck@twu.edu for more information.